A Message From the KCSA President

The 49th Showhouse closed in May and the Board of Directors met for a Retreat with Kirk Hardcastle, LeaderScope, in July to prepare for our 50th Consecutive Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, Symphony Shop, and other projects.   We feel strongly we want to build on the good work of the past years.  We were able to work quickly to set goals.  Even in a few months, we have been able to reach some of these goals completely and our organization will be working on the others for the year.

In addition to our wonderful Shop at the Kauffman and our 50th Consecutive Symphony Showhouse, we have added the Tour to Paris, France, March 31 – April 10, 2019,   Don Daganais has arranged an awesome experience for anyone who would like to travel and hear fabulous music. I hope that you are one of them.  See this web site and the brochure link in the trip article for more information.  This trip is limited to the first twenty participants.

The Showhouses ReVisit Tour information, October 12, 13, and 14, 2018, is now on our Website.  This will be an outstanding weekend to attend. We will be touring the first floor of four previous showhouses.  On Saturday evening we will have the opportunity to tour the 18th Showhouse, the Longview Historical Mansion.  Members will be able to attend the Longview Historical Mansion gathering for only $45 where we will have champagne, heavy appetizers and open bar.  Barbara Holzmark, Helen Miller, and their committee have worked tirelessly to make this weekend a huge success.  Be sure to go to the Website to get the details.

Have you stopped by to purchase in our Shop at the Kauffman and peruse the merchandise Cathy Radek and Melissa Greene obtained in August?  They do such a great job in selecting, often one of a kind items, for us and our faithful clients.  You have so much fun volunteering in the shop.  Not only do you get to know your fellow KCSA members, but you meet very interested people who attend the Symphony.

Kathy Ballard,  Ruth Gerard and their committee:  Helen Miller, Kami Toben, BJ Batson, Marsha Ceule, Ann Ventrillo, Ann Aldrich, Laura Harris, Vandra Solomon, and Gloria Christison, prepared an exceptional KCSA Fall Membership event September 11.  Alex Shapiro, Director of Development, Karen Hardcastle, Manager of Events and Volunteer Engagements and Jessica Petrasek were our guests from the Kansas City Symphony.  Jessica who a flautist, played Partita in A Minor for Solo Flute by J. S. Bach, Corrente, Sarabande, and Bourree Anglaise, Syrinx by Claude Debussy, and Elude in G Major, Op. 15 15 No. 3 by Joachim Andersen.  The meeting that followed brought all members and guests up to date on the happenings for the next few months.

We are looking forward to the announcement of the location of the 50th consecutive Showhouse for 2019.  Attending the Preview and Hard Hat is a great way to see the house before the designers’ take over to do their magic.  There are many volunteering opportunities in preparation for the opening of the Showhouse.

Most of us deal with stress and anxiety.  On television, in books, in magazines, from friends, and family, we are told how to handle the problem.  I say this with tongue in cheek.   Come join KCSA, meet new people, make new friends, get involved in a worthwhile organization where members are excited to volunteer their time encouraging the community to enjoy our marvelous Kansas City Symphony.  Just an idea!

Annette Szulc, President KCSA